Paring down the seasonal list to one thing

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You know, the seasonal list:

  1. Set a budget for Christmas
  2. Think of meaningful gifts (there are fewer this year)
  3. Make a grocery list for when college-aged kids come home
  4. Purchase a fake tree – love real ones, hate maintenance and clean up, especially on my own
  5. Get sucked into email exchange with “-“
  6. Get told by my lawyer he only wants to give me advice, not talk directly to “-“
  7. Realize I can’t do that
  8. Stay awake for 20 or so hours
  9. Look up lawyers in my area familiar with narcissism
  10. Find one!  Make an appointment
  11. Order carefully selected Christmas gifts
  12. Purchase a mobile hot spot and Direct TV
  13. Hurriedly ditch cable because “-” wants to move his email account.  Not that I want it, but I want to make it hard for him to get
  14. Despite assurances, realize a mobile hot spot will not work for streaming Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.
  15. Direct TV guy says the only place he can put the dish is the middle of my front lawn – next to the hydrangea
  16. Get a call from my sister – I better come and see my mother
  17. Book several hundred dollars worth of flights and car rental I didn’t expect
  18. Fight with “-” some more about the budget – who pays what.  He plays hard ball despite being asked to resign in January.
  19. Stay awake for 20 or so hours
  20. Think there are not enough gifts – order more online
  21. Talk to my friend about how overwhelmed I am and how I am on the verge of tears all the time
  22. She suggests I put one thing on the list – get through the first holiday season as a separated woman with empty nest syndrome
  23. Return the mobile hot spot
  24. Cancel Direct TV
  25. Reinstate cable and somehow pay less for the same package
  26. Postpone meeting with the new lawyer until after the holidays and I visit my mom
  27. Tell “-” to give me some breathing room until after I visit my mom in January
  28. Buy rum (with me it always involves alcohol)
  29. Mix up an eggnog
  30. Look at my pretty tree
  31. Pet my pretty cat
  32. Pat myself on the back for occasionally heeding advice
  33. Look forward to 2016

Moving on

 

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